February 1, 2022 – Show and Tell

Do you have a closet full of unfinished projects? Have you gone to the craft store “just to look around” and found yourself leaving with an armload of goodies? Got a project you’re muddling through? Did you just pick up a new hobby — and now you’re dying to show it off?

Why don’t you join us at Chat & Craft?

We meet from 6 to 8 pm on the first Tuesday of every month, currently in Community Room West (the large room at the end of the Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery).

On February 1st we are doing Show and Tell; bring in your big, intricate, or time-consuming project you want to show off, and maybe tell us a bit about it.

Feel free to also bring a project to work on during the meeting – that’s half the fun!

Easy wireless printing at JPL!

Do you have something you need to print? You can print straight to the JPL computer lab printer from your own device! 📲 Printed items are $.10 per page for black and white & $.25 for color.

All you have to do is..

1) Download the free “Princh” app from your app store. 

2) Open the document/image you would like to print.

3) Click the share icon and select “Print with Princh” (likely near the bottom)

4) Return to the Princh app & enter one of these printer IDs.

Black and white printer code: 103469

Color printer code: 103470

5) Click select this printer, choose print, and pay at location, accept, then continue

6) Drive to Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th Street) and head to the computer lab to pick up your document!

NO LIBRARY CARD REQUIRED! Quick and easy, no more searching everywhere for a printer! Like and share to spread the word! 👍⏩

JPL offers Curbside Pickup

We’ve got shocking news, winter in the Midwest can be COLD! If you don’t want to leave the comfort of your vehicle, if you would rather avoid germs, or if you just don’t want to change out of your PJs, we’ve got you! Use curbside pickup at Joplin Public Library! Watch the video below to see just how easy it is.


Come & get creative in our Makerspace!

Anyone creative, crafty, or even just curious, is invited to enjoy the “Makerspace” within the Joplin Public Library (1901 E. 20th Street in Joplin), in a come and go format, during the following hours: Tuesdays, 2 pm – 6 pm / Wednesdays, 10 am – 4 pm / Thursdays, 2 pm – 8 pm  / Fridays, 10 am – 4 pm / Second & Fourth Saturdays, 10 am – 2 pm.

The JPL makerspace is a free innovation space, open to all, where our public is invited to create, invent, tinker, explore, and discover using various tools and materials. Some popular equipment available for use include:


  • To be used for nearly anything except plastic. Wood, cork, canvas, glass, and more! Wood is available to purchase for a nominal fee in the Makerspace.
  • An appointment is required to use this machine, contact Jill Sullivan at 417-623-7953 x1041 or email makerspace@joplinpubliclibrary.org

A 3D PRINTER for smaller objects (Ultimaker3)

  • Staff can help you design objects using web-based 3D printing applications/software
  • JPL has two types of plastic available for public use: ABS + PLA at 20 cents per gram


  • Turn your old photos, film, VHS tapes, and more into digital files or burn onto DVDs


  • Whether you prefer Macs or PCs, are a beginner or an expert, explore an array of software on our machines. Including: the Adobe Creative Suite, Audacity, GarageBand, iMovie, the Microsoft Suite, and more


  • Create audio/video recordings with our camcorder, digital audio recorders, green screen and lighting equipment. Bring your own media for digital file storage, such as discs, a USB/flash drive, or an external hard drive


  • Other Makerspace equipment includes a sewing machine, a button press, cutting mats, a 12″x12″ paper cutter, and miscellaneous craft tools

We are pleased to announce that our Makerspace assistant, Hazel Overman (or trained staff Jill Sullivan or Stephanie Cope) will be on hand in the space to assist you with the equipment. However, our staff will not create or edit your projects for you. We want to empower you, and for this project to be yours! Optional appointments are available for any equipment use by contacting Jill Sullivan at 417-623-7953 x1041 or emailing makerspace@joplinpubliclibrary.org. The only appointments required are for the laser cutter/engraving machine; the other maker equipment is commonly available on a first come, first served basis.

The hours listed above are temporarily set, to accommodate holiday projects and to gauge public interest. Feel free to read more about the Makerspace and check for any upcoming hourly changes here: https://www.joplinpubliclibrary.org/makerspace/

Best Books of 2021

The best books of 2021 have been announced, based on reader reviews, hosted by the book suggestion website Goodreads. 👈 Click this link to browse the list. Winners in each category have been tagged to the Joplin Public Library online catalog for your convenience. Happy reading!

Welcome our two new Librarians!

Joplin Public Library is thrilled to announce the appointment of two brand new librarian positions. New librarian appointments are rare for the Library, with the last unique job addition taking place in 2006, when a teen services librarian was added. On August 2, the Joplin Public Library promoted Jason Sullivan, a reference assistant, to the newly created role of electronic resources librarian, and on September 27, welcomed Derek Moser as its first adult programming librarian. There has been a strongly perceived need for both of these positions, and their addition will likely provide a significant enhancement to patron services.

The new positions come with some exciting opportunities.  Moser will coordinate in-house and outreach programs for adults, assist users with research, reader’s advisory, and other services, and strive to connect with community partners.  Sullivan will manage and support access to the Library’s digital information resources, coordinate interlibrary loan services, and administer the integrated library system.

Sullivan has worked in the Library’s reference department since 2007. His longevity and dedication to the Library, combined with his educational experience and the skills acquired in the Reference Department make him an ideal fit for his new position.  He holds a Masters in Library Science from Kent State University, a Masters in Education from University of Missouri, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of Denver.

Moser’s education, work experience and professional skill set make him a noteworthy addition to the Library team.  He holds a Masters in Library Science from the University of Kentucky, a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from MidAmerica Nazarene University, and is a veteran of the Joplin Public Library where he previously worked from 2016 to 2018.  First, as a children’s library assistant and then later as the assistant circulation supervisor.  In 2018, he accepted the library director role at the Seth Wilson Library at Ozark Christian College.

“One of the best aspects of working at the Joplin Public Library is the amount of buy-in the staff has regarding the Library’s mission,” said Moser. “The Library is filled with people committed to ‘opening tomorrow’s doors today through diverse opportunities to learn, create, explore, and have fun.’ To be a part of a staff committed to such a task is truly an honor.”

Joplin Public Library is recognized with a State Award in Public Relations

On September 29, 2021, The Missouri Library Association (MLA) awarded the yearly state-wide Public Relations Achievement Award to Joplin Public Library at their annual conference in St. Louis. On hand to accept the award were Joplin Public Library’s Director Jeana Gockley and Public Relations/Marketing Assistant Chelsey Gatewood.

Factors contributing to the recognition were the key steps JPL took during the previous year to develop a strong and connected relationship with their public. Gatewood was hired in September of 2020 as the Library’s first staff member dedicated to these goals. In November of 2020, a new strategic plan was developed, implementing the Library’s improved mission and vision statements. The Library’s messaging, operations, and customer interactions became focused around the newly formed goals of service, awareness, outreach, inclusion, and enrichment. Additionally, new and strengthening community partnerships were prioritized to assist in the Library’s goal of identifying and connecting the people of the Joplin community with what they truly need.

To quote a press release from the Missouri Library Association, “(Joplin Public Library’s) ability to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic was greatly recognized and appreciated by their community.”

The Public Relations Achievement Award was one of only four MLA awards given to Libraries in the State of Missouri in 2021. The other recipients included: 2021 Missouri Library of the Year – St. Louis University’s Pius XII Memorial Library, Community Partnership Award – Maplewood Public Library, and the Excellence in Genealogy and Local History Award – Kansas City Public Library.

MLA is a non-profit organization which strives to support the work of libraries and further advancements in the profession. The organization’s mission is to promote library service, the profession of librarianship, and cooperation among all types of libraries and organizations concerned with library service in the state. Learn more at molib.org.

Bargains Galore: The JPL “Sale Shelf”

The Joplin Public Library already offers their community a tremendous value for their dollar with their daily operations, but did you know that the Library also has a place where you can BUY books, magazines, DVDs, and more?

The “Sale Shelf” located on the Eastern end of the main lobby presents our public with a browsable selection of donated and weeded items at hugely discounted prices. Part “bargain shop”, part “garage sale”, all good fun – who can resist the urge to buy a stack of new to you items at prices like these…?

DVD’S $1.00
CD’S   $1.00
Visit us today to shop the sale shelf, no Library card is required. Joplin Public Library accepts cash, cards, and checks. Joplin Public Library also accept donations of new or like new, stain and odor-free materials, just bring them to us at the front desk or call 417-623-7953 to arrange a drop off.

Library now open late on Thursdays

The Joplin Public Library is pleased to announce another extension to open hours. As of Thursday, August 5 the Library will be open every Thursday evening until 8 pm. The previous closing time was 6 pm.

The full list of current open hours for the Library are:

Monday – Wednesday : 9 am to 6 pm

Thursday : 9 am to 8 pm

Friday : 9 am to 6 pm

Saturday : 9 am to 5 pm

Sunday : 1 pm to 5 pm

Come and visit us today!

Who gets a card and why?

There is a Joplin Public Library card waiting for YOU

Learn about the types of Library cards, who gets one, and for how much!

Resident Library Card

  • Annual property tax from the residents who live within the city limits of Joplin provide a great deal of the Library’s funding. (THANK YOU JOPLIN!) Due to this, everyone who lives within the city of Joplin gets a “free” JPL Library card. To  apply, you must provide a photo ID. If the ID has your current address, you are good to go. If not, you also need to bring a computer generated piece of recent mail that has your current address listed on it to apply. It is that easy! Apply in the Library (1901 E. 20th Street), or online at joplinpubliclibrary.org

But, what about those who live outside of city limits? The Library has multiple types of “non-resident” cards that are incredibly affordable or completely free! Here is a list:

Non-Resident Library Card

  • Non-resident cards are VERY affordable. If you live outside city limits, none of your tax dollars currently help fund the Joplin Public Library. The application/membership fee amount charged is calculated as the average amount an in-city resident pays to the Library from their annual property tax payment.
    • Non-residents are asked to pay a fee of $50 per year for your whole household. (Only $4.17 per month), OR, an exciting new option is our “trial card” which costs only $12.50 (for your entire household) and is good for 3 months! 

Company Library Card

  • Anyone who operates a business within Joplin city limits qualifies for a FREE Company Library card! (Ownership of the business is not required.) The application must be conducted by the Owner, CEO, Director, or President and then that person and several authorized users can enjoy the benefits of checking out and downloading materials from Joplin Public Library! Any type of material can be checked out with this card.

Student Library Card

  • University or College students residing in student housing in Joplin are eligible for a FREE Library card!
  • K-12 Students who live outside of Joplin city limits, but attend a school in Joplin, qualify for a reduced rate card of $10 per student!
    • Proof of attendance at the school is required (student ID, report card, email from teacher/building, etc).

The powers of the Joplin Public Library card are limitless. With your Library card you can check out popular, interesting, classic, and new release books, DVDs (including films, documentaries, and TV shows), and more! With most card types the item limit is 50 items checked out, at a time, per card! Also, your card can access our Digital Resources – downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, and more – at no additional cost though fun, free, and convenient apps. Additionally, your card can access our Online Databases or expert Librarians for assistance with Job Hunting, Research and Genealogy, Language Learning, Cooking, DIY, and more. 

This is your Library, we can’t wait to meet you and unlock the Powers of a Joplin Public Library card in your life! Come and see us today (20th and Connecticut) or visit us online at joplinpubliclibrary.org. You may also call us at 417-623-7953. 

Joplin Public Library opens tomorrow’s doors today through diverse opportunities to learn, create, explore, and have fun.